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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.94/5
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108 Beers
106,471 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 854
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 7
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 776-1195

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @foundersbrewing

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 12pm-11pm
Store: 12pm-8pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.
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Ratings: 854 | Reviews: 285
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on 4-22-09 on the way to DLD '09.
Let me start by saying that Founder's is rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I love most everything that I can get my hands on from them. It's probably a good thing that they aren't available here, locally. I'd have lots of good beer, but I'd be broke.

When we arrived I was initially overwhelmed at the number of people who were there. It's a Wednesday night. Wow. I quickly realized that Wednesday is mug night. If you have a mug with them, you get discounts on your brews. Then it all made sense.
I quickly realized that all of these people are here drinking 'good' craft beer. Not a macro in the place. These people are enjoying their brews, also. They're discussing them with their friends. (I think I'm in heaven.)

We tried two different sandwiches, which were both very good. Good quality meats and cheeses on excellent breads. Very tasty.

Their pricing was found to be quite reasonable, on food and brews, alike. The food menu was quite interesting, also. I wish I had the time and/or appetite to try more items. Oh, well, next time.

We sat at the bar and the bartenders were very helpful and knowledgeable and friendly. We were offered, several times, to have sample pour tastes of anything we'd like to try. These were not necessary, because I knew what I wanted to drink, but it was appreciated.
I'd been watching their tap menu, online for a couple of weeks prior to going and had hopes for certain beers to try. Between this and some BA threads I'd heard that KBS, Maple Mountain Brown, and CBS were all off the menu. This meant that the Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout was my one hope for trying. When I got there, I was ecstatic to find that all four were on tap that night.

This was a trip that was hours out of my way and it proved to be well worth it. I can't wait to go again. Hopefully next year, around DLD, if not before.

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Photo of hardysf
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went for KBS release party. Long lines, but that was to be expected. Great Beer and Great Food.

Photo of jjwisenheimer
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Hippity-Hoppity
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of brouwer
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JonBeer
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of williamjbauer
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Prager62
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.06/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of TomCat11
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.34/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of MFauver35
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of fatsamus
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to enjoy some classic craft beers!

Photo of atone315
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of S-Man
3.16/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 1.5

Low rating for selection because I am not a diehard hop or stout fan. They dominate the menu.

Photo of LotzofHopz
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Deggar
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jeffrey84
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mluchies
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down the best brewery in the country. The BEST beer in Beer City USA.

Photo of travelguy
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.